Friday, August 17, 2007


WOW! We have hit 2 milestones at once. This is the 200th post in the 25 Motif Challenge blog and it also marks the anniversary of starting the challenge. We have had over half of the people who signed up a year ago successfully complete their 25 motives. A few people have had to drop out because, as we all know, stuff happens, whether it's work, family, health, or technology. Some folks started later and they are still working toward their goal. I will continue to blog about people's entries until we're all done. In fact, I'm going to suggest that if you didn't join the challenge last year, now's your chance, we're going to start a whole new round. This time, I'm going to see if I can do something about the technological problems and try and get our less geeky members work posted.

Janet has been away from tatting for a while at got back into it with snowflakes, so hopefully we'll see some snow soon.

Carol has the basket finished for her poinsettias and all she has to do is make the rest of the flowers to go in it. She completes her challenge with a tatted cat. Scaredy Cats just right for Halloween.

Wendy has made some hats, well actually she made a lot of hats. In keeping the the butterfly theme she took 4 napkins with a butterfly in the corner and sewed them together so that all 4 butterflies meet in the centre. Then she added pillow stuffing and some yo-yos in the centre as a button. really sweet and her daughter seems to love it.Now she's into crocheting more hexagons to turn into another afghan.

Anne has posted a series of pictures of gorgeous sunsets.

Joyce wanted to join the challenge a while ago, but she had trouble getting the whole blog thing to work for her. In the interim she was busy tatting away at the designs in Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting. Now she has her pictures posted and she's already, almost finished so you get to see what she has been working on all at once. These were done with #12 perle cotton and measure 3" - 3.5"across.
As are these with the exception of the last one that has spiral chains made from #30 variegated
More snowflakes made from patterns in Lene Bjorn's book. These are all done with #12 perle cotton.
Joyce found that she became more proficient at working continuously rather than cutting and tying as she completed these snowflakes. You know what they say, practice makes perfect.
These haven't been blocked yet, but they will be when they are all completed. I'm not sure I'd want to block 25 snowflakes all at once.
Ruth has posted a picture of a vintage tatting design and she's wondering what publication the pattern came from.

Clyde has received some more of the hand dyed threads that he loves to use. Now he just has to decide what to turn it into.

Mark took a ton of pictures while he was on vacation and he's begun uploading the pictures to his blog. Looks like he had a lot of fun.

Jon received a number of threads from her exchange partners that she had never tried before. She tatted them up using a motif from Tatting Pattern and Designs by Blomqvist and Persson, this is the same motif Laura used for her Pyramid Mat. It sure gives you a great perspective of the threads to see them lined up like this.

Laura finished a wedding hanky. It's so delicate looking and such a lot of Mignonette work. Well done Laura! She has also posted a picture of her coffee table with all of the tatting protected under glass where she can see it every day.

Melissa has moved across country and finished her hens and chicks edging for her shirt. She has already shown a friend how to do CQ and gotten her totally addicted to it. It's wonderful to be able to share our fibre arts with others.
Sherry created a lovely little cluny flower motif, and she has re-tatted her butterflies giving them a new little twist. she's also been busy with her pottery and working on a book or 3 of new tatting designs.


Tat-a-Renda said...

Congratulations Sharon and also to all the tatters that have kept this going. I like the new look of the page.

Tattycat said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary, Sharon! You have done a wonderful job and I'm sure everyone appreciates all of your hard work. I would never have believed how much joining this challenge would improve my tatting and my exposure to other tatters. Thank you so much for talking me into it!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Happy Birthday Blog! We really do apreciate all the work you put into this Sharon!

Eliz Davis aka Tatknot said...

Congratulations, fellow tatters! And thanks so much, Sharon, for the motivation and inspiration you provide us all. Count me in on the new 25 motif challenge. It's just the motivation I need to stay focused.